PokerStars just got a lot prettier after signing Liliya Novikova to Team PokerStars Online! Novikova, a 22-year-old Russian, specializes in 6-Max hyper-turbo SNGs and plays a very high volume, having achieved Supernova status.
Interestingly enough, Novikova was also a professional video gamer who focused on Defense of the Ancients. And while the Moscow native has moved on to greener and richer pastures, she still enjoys playing video games on occasion.
But it looks like Novikova, who plays under the screen name “Liay5,” will mostly be focusing on her true passion of online poker over the coming months. “I would’ve played poker anonymously for the rest of my life, and I could’ve been happy doing it,” she wrote on her blog. “That didn’t stop me from dreaming, however. I dreamt of what it would be like to get the call that I was going to become a member of Team Online.”
Novikova adds that she got her poker start playing heads-up games and turbo SNGs. However, she found that the speed and post-flop play of hyper turbos is what really excites her. And now, the Russian beauty wants to use her talents to move up to Super Nova Elite status. “I have already achieved Supernova status, but I want more. I’m trying to make Supernova Elite,” she said. “It takes a lot of time and a lot of concentration on my game, so I have worked out a schedule and do my best to follow it.”
Aside from putting in a high volume in online poker, Novikova also plans to play some live tournaments as well in the near future. That said, she seems quite similar to Sofia Lövgren, also another online player who’s transitioned into more live events. That said, the poker world should get an opportunity to see more and more from Novikova in the future.